A special message from MCI School Nurse
Adrienne Baker, RN, BSN | MCI School Nurse
October 1st, 2020
Whew! Does anyone else feel like this has been both the longest and shortest month there ever was? Surely, I can’t be the only one feeling this way! As we close in on the first month of school, I can’t help but feel proud to be a part of the MCI family. We are in the midst of very challenging times, returning to school has taken on new meaning and a new set of worries for students, parents, faculty, staff and our community. As a new nurse to MCI, I’m in awe of the way everyone has come together to plan the safe return to school for our students. I started at MCI with a little less than 4 weeks to the start of school, as much as I would like to take credit for the work put into the safe return to school during an evolving COVID-19 pandemic, I only played a small part. With the direction provided from the Maine Department of Education and Center for Disease Control the faculty and staff have worked tirelessly to make modifications in order to keep everyone safe and healthy while returning to campus.
The faculty and IT department have worked countless hours to modify the bell schedule, adjust curriculums/ classroom space and create google classrooms/ meetings to fit our hybrid learning model. Food services have adjusted the way meals are served and with assistance from maintenance, created a space in which students can safely eat their lunch. With the help of our athletic director, 679 (and counting) “M”s have been painted throughout campus to allow our students a safe space to remove their masks while maintaining physical distancing guidelines. The administration met on a regular basis throughout the summer to develop plans for our safe return to school while maintaining good communication with our students, parents, faculty and staff. I could continue on and on with the efforts put forth by the MCI administration, faculty and staff but the point I’m trying to make is – they are awesome, and the efforts do not go unnoticed! In recognizing all of these tremendous efforts I would be remiss if I did not mention our students and parents. Simply put, you are amazing. Thank you to the parents for doing at home screening and keeping your child home when they are sick – this truly does help keep everyone safe and reduce the risk of transmission on campus. Last and most certainly not least the biggest shoutout goes to our students! You have been absolute rock-stars!
COVID-19 has caused a complete disruption in our normal routines and daily schedules. Your ability to adapt to change and remain positive is inspiring to us all!
I think it is fair to say that the majority of us are feeling a sense of COVID-19 information overload. Hand washing, physical distancing, masking and staying home when you are sick are all important steps we can take to help reduce community transmission of COVID-19 and flatten the curve. During these challenging times that are filled with uncertainty and doubt I would like to take a moment to shift gears and talk about another way we can support each other through difficult times. MCI’s theme this year is empathy, and I want to encourage you all to practice empathy with one another while we continue to weather this storm. Empathy is at the heart of what it means to be human, it is the foundation for good relationships and binds us as a community. Empathy includes the capacity to not only recognize another’s perspective but to also understand and value it. Remember we may all be weathering this storm together, but we are not all in the same boat. While your boat may be floating, your peers may not be. My sister-in-law shared these words of wisdom with me many years ago: “What you think about you bring about” – Rhonda Byrne. Meaning, you cannot have a positive day with a negative mindset. Take a moment to slow down, empathize with others and practice gratitude whenever possible.
If you find your ship is sinking, remember that my door is always open, and I am always here to help!
-Adrienne Baker, RN, BSN